Heart infection ends college basketball career of WSU’s Deion James

Heart infection ends college basketball career of WSU’s Deion James
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A recently discovered heart infection has ended the collegiate playing career of Washington State University men’s basketball player Deion James, the player announced on Twitter Wednesday.

James, a graduate transfer from Colorado State University, played in only five games for the Cougars.

The 6’8″ forward collapsed on the floor during WSU’s November 25 game against Nebraska in the Cayman Islands Classic. He was hospitalized overnight, then flown back to Pullman later in the week for further testing.

James tweeted, “I have been diagnosed with myocarditis (heart infection) causing me to miss 3-6 months of basketball.” That effectively ends his collegiate career.

James went on to say, “I want to thank all the doctors that helped, my friends & family for the love and support. My Journey continues.”

The Cougars will continue their season without James Wednesday night, when they visit the University of Idaho.